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Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: September 19, 2021

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19 Sep 2021

Welcome to this week's edition of the Royal Caribbean post round-up, where we summarize all of the Royal Caribbean news and information from this week into one handy-dandy post! There is plenty of great content to enjoy, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's round-up!

Royal Caribbean surprised a lot of people this week when they announced Wonder of the Seas would sail from the United States and Europe, instead of China.

The new plan is for Wonder of the Seas to debut from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, with sailings beginning on March 4, 2022.

Wonder of the Seas will sail from Fort Lauderdale just in time for spring break in 2022 and in Europe, sail from Barcelona for summer vacations in the Western Mediterranean in May.

Caribbean sailings are available to book immediately. European sailings will open for booking on September 22.

Read moreWonder of the Seas: Itinerary, features, and more

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 422nd episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Matt and Billy review their Odyssey of the Seas cruise.

After sailing on a 6-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, this week's episode looks at what stood out about Odyssey of the Seas.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

Video: 8 Things I learned on my first Royal Caribbean cruise

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — 8 Things I learned on my first Royal Caribbean cruise — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

The questions everyone is still asking about going on a cruise in 2021

Cruising may be back, but there are still some very commonly asked questions out there about what it's like to go on a cruise ship right now.

More than half of Royal Caribbean's fleet is back in operation, and Royal Caribbean is welcoming back more and more guests.  So if you have questions about the experience, there's a comprehensive look at the top questions people want to know about being on a ship in 2021.

You will find answers to concerns about wearing masks onboard, testing requirements, limited capacity issues and a lot more.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: September 12, 2021

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12 Sep 2021

Thank you for joining us for this a look at all the Royal Caribbean news from this week. We had plenty to share, so let us jump right in!

As promised, Royal Caribbean began selling at-home Covid-19 tests this week.

You can purchase a two-pack or three-pack of the tests so that getting the pre-cruise Covid test is easier than trying to get an appointment elsewhere.

Offering the at-home tests coincides with a new change in policy where vaccinated guests must provide a negative Covid-19 test result no more than two days before the cruise departs.

Royal Caribbean recommends purchasing two tests per person just in case you lose or contaminate a part of the test, or have an error during the testing process.

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Video: Mariner of the Seas 2021 Cruise Ship Tour

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video: Mariner of the Seas 2021 Cruise Ship Tour

What I wish I did differently on my first cruise

Jenna is back from her first Royal Caribbean cruise and shared some things she would have done differently.

No matter how much you plan for any cruise, there are always going to be a things in retrospect during the course of a cruise that you wish you could change.

Jenna found a few things she later thought she wished she had done instead, so here is what she would have done differently on her first Royal Caribbean cruise.

The most important advice I give my family after they book a cruise

If you are the big cruise fan in your family, no doubt loved ones turn to you for what they should do after booking a cruise.

Every so often, I get a message from a cousin, uncle, or in-law that wants to know what advice I would give them for their sailing.

Here are the important tips and pieces of advice I give my family after they book a cruise.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: September 5, 2021

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05 Sep 2021

Happy weekend! It has been a busy week of Royal Caribbean news and events, and we have a look back at everything that happened this week.

Royal Caribbean changed its policy regarding how soon before a cruise you have to get a negative Covid-19 test result.

As a result of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) change in requirements, Royal Caribbean posted new rules about when vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers need to get their pre-cruise tests done.

Vaccinated guests can get either a PCR or antigen test, and must get the test done no more than 2 days prior to sailing (it had previously been 3 days).

Unvaccinated kids must get a PCR test done no more than 3 days before the cruise (antigen tests are no longer allowed for kids).

Here is my recommendation on the best approach to getting your pre-cruise test.

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40 Perfect Day at CocoCay tips, tricks and secrets | Royal Caribbean Blog

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 421st episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Jeff reviews two Grandeur of the Seas cruises.

This week's podcast is a review of Jenna's first cruise ever. Jenna shares her thoughts on how the cruise went compared her expectations.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

Video: The BEST reasons to get a Royal Caribbean drink package!

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video: The BEST reasons to get a Royal Caribbean drink package!

8 Things I learned on my first Royal Caribbean cruise

What lessons can your first cruise teach you?

Jenna took her first Royal Caribbean cruise on Mariner of the Seas and came up with a list of eight things she learned about going on a cruise after finally sailing on a ship.

These are things that she was not aware of before the cruise, but quickly figured out were important takeaways.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: August 29, 2021

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29 Aug 2021

Welcome to this week's edition of the Royal Caribbean post round-up, where we summarize all of the Royal Caribbean news and information from this week into one handy-dandy post! There is plenty of great content to enjoy, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's round-up!

This week, Royal Caribbean extended its popular Cruise with Confidence program by an extra month.

Cruise with Confidence is now valid for any cruises booked on or before October 31, 2021 for cruises sailing through April 30, 2022.

Thanks to Cruise with Confidence, you can cancel your cruise up to 48 hours before you sail without any penalty, and get a 100% future cruise credit.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 420th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Matt lists mistakes people are doing right now.

There will always be mistakes cruisers will make, but this week's episode focuses on the worst ones happening these days.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

Video: The Strangest Things We've Seen On A Cruise Ship

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video: The Strangest Things We've Seen On A Cruise Ship

How Royal Caribbean reimagined its signature Italian restaurant

Italian cuisine is among the most popular kind of cuisines on land or sea, and Royal Caribbean has relaunched one of its most popular specialty restaurants with an all-new menu that features fresh new choices.

Two of Royal Caribbean's cruise ships now offer Giovanni's Italian Kitchen, which is a refresh of Royal Caribbean's Italian specialty restaurant.

Royal Caribbean Vice President Food & Beverage, Linken D'Souza, shared an inside look at how the cruise line worked on updating this fan-favorite specialty restaurant.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: August 22, 2021

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22 Aug 2021

Thanks for joining us for another weekly look at all of the Royal Caribbean news from this week.  The late-summer heat is still on, and we have plenty of Royal Caribbean news to share from this week.

The Bahamas issued an emergency order on Thursday that says cruise ships will not be allowed to enter ports in the Bahamas if there are unvaccinated passengers on board aged 12 and older without a medical excuse.

Royal Caribbean subsequently said it will now require all passengers 12 and older to vaccinated because of the new Bahamian policy.

Royal Caribbean's new policy says any ship departing from any U.S. port and visiting The Bahamas on and after Sept. 3, guests who are 12 and older must provide proof of vaccination in order to sail. This also applies to itineraries that include Perfect Day at CocoCay.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 419th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Matt gives answers to questions people are searching the internet for.

Something a little different this week, as Matt looks at some commonly searched internet searches related to Royal Caribbean and shares his answer.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

Video: When should you get a Covid test before your Royal Caribbean cruise?

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video: When should you get a Covid test before your Royal Caribbean cruise?

25 things you need to know for your first day on a cruise ship

Have a cruise coming up and wondering what to expect once you get onboard?

The first day of the cruise is a busy and exciting time, so to make it as smooth as possible, I've got a list of the most important things you need to know about embarkation day.

This list has the most important things you should (and should not) do to ensure you have a great first day onboard!

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: August 15, 2021

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15 Aug 2021

Welcome to this week's edition of the Royal Caribbean post round-up, where we summarize all of the Royal Caribbean news and information from this week into one handy-dandy post! There is plenty of great content to enjoy, so sit back, relax, and enjoy this week's round-up!

The cruise industry took notice this week when a United States District Judge sided with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) against the State of Florida in the question of can a company ask for proof of a Covid-19 vaccination.

NCLH was granted a preliminary injunction which would allow a cruise line to require passengers to prove they are vaccinated against Covid-19 if sailing from Florida.

Judge Kathleen M. Williams said in the docket that the combination of trying to restore consumer confidence and the Delta variant contributed to NCLH's win.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 418th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Matt looks at new rules Royal Caribbean recently announced.

There has been plenty of rule changes lately, but this week, Matt breaks down the three biggest changes announced over the last few weeks.

Please subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! 

Video: 10 Truths of going on a Royal Caribbean cruise right now

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video: 10 Truths of going on a Royal Caribbean cruise right now

What it's like on the Mariner of the Seas test cruise

What happens on a test cruise? 

Mariner of the Seas is the latest cruise ship to sail on a test cruise, and these simulated voyages are an opportunity to demonstrate new protocols to federal regulators, as well as give the crew a chance to prepare for the real thing.

Matt just sailed on Mariner of the Seas for her 2-night test cruise, and shared everything he did onboard.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: August 8, 2021

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08 Aug 2021

Happy Sunday! We hope you are having a great weekend! Now it is time to sit back, relax, and catch up on all the Royal Caribbean news from the week!

Royal Caribbean announced this week when exactly the rest of the ships in the fleet will restart sailings.

The cruise line laid out a plan for which ships will restart between September 2021 and early spring 2022.

Under the newly announce plan, 13 ships will be able to restart operations slowly with the date of when each vessel will have its first sailing announced.

Royal Caribbean also announced cancellations to correlate with the new restart dates.

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Video: Things I wish Royal Caribbean would change now that cruises are back!

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video: Things I wish Royal Caribbean would change now that cruises are back!

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 417th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Matt interviews Royal Caribbean Group Chief Product Innovation Officer, Jay Schneider.

Mr. Schneider shares a peek behind the proverbial curtain to talk about what his group has been doing during the cruise industry shutdown.

Please subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! 

When do you have to take a Covid test before your Royal Caribbean cruise?

If you have a cruise coming up, you are going to need to get a Covid test result, so when should you actually make an appointment for a test?

Many cruisers are confused as to when they should plan to get a test to ensure the results come back in time, but not take the test too early either.

The logistics of when and where to get a test before your cruise is somewhat confusing, so here is what you need to know about getting a Covid-19 test before your cruise so you can get onboard without any issues.

How Royal Caribbean invested in new port projects and tech during the cruise industry shutdown

Royal Caribbean may have been shutdown for 15 months, but that does not mean there has not been any progress made behind the scenes.

Royal Caribbean Group Chief Product Innovation Officer, Jay Schneider, shared a look at the product development and private destination innovations his group has been busy working on since the shutdown began.

Mr. Schneider talks about updates to Royal Caribbean's app, its private beach destinations, and even new ship upgrades.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: August 1, 2021

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01 Aug 2021

Can you believe August is already here? It is the middle of Summer and there is a lot of Royal Caribbean news to catch up from during this week.

This week, Royal Caribbean added a testing requirement for cruises that are at least 5 nights.

Guests sailing on cruises beginning July 31 that are 5-nights or longer will have to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test at check-in.

The new test result is for all passengers, regardles of if they are vaccinated or not.

Tests must be administered no more than three days prior to sailing, and either antigen or PCR tests are acceptable.

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New RCB Video: U.S. appeals court lifts CDC cruise ship restrictions

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — U.S. appeals court lifts CDC cruise ship restrictions — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 416th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Aaron talks about the first Royal Caribbean cruise ship to sail to Alaska.

Aaron went on the first big ship to visit Alaska since 2019, and reports on what it was like to sail again to Alaska, as well as the significance of cruising's return.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

What it's like on a test cruise

What happens on one of the CDC's simulated voyages?

I had the chance to sail on a 2-night test cruise aboard Allure of the Seas, which is required by the U.S. government in order to offer a cruise with paying passengers.

It's the first of a series of test cruises in the next few weeks that the line is opening up to its most loyal passengers, as well as travel agents, as it seeks to fulfill the requirements of the CDC's Conditional Sail Order.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: July 25, 2021

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25 Jul 2021

Happy Sunday! We hope you are having a great weekend! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and catch up on all the Royal Caribbean news from the week!

The cruise industry celebrated another milestone in its restart process when the first big ship returned to Alaska.

Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas departed Seattle earlier this week, marking the start of a delayed Alaska cruise season.

Alaska had been without any cruise ships since 2019, which had a profound impact on the state's economy.

Serenade's week-long itinerary features a lineup of ports of call, including Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Icy Strait Point, Alaska, as well as Endicott Arm fjord and Dawes Glacier.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 415th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Billy and Matt compare how Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are restart cruises.

The nuances of ships sailing again can vary from line to line, so this week's podcast episode compares what the restart process looks like between the lines.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

New RCB Video: 10 Weird Things About Royal Caribbean Cruises That No One Tells You!

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — 10 Weird Things About Royal Caribbean Cruises That No One Tells You! — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

12 differences between the big and small Royal Caribbean cruise ships

How much does it matter if you book a big or small Royal Caribbean cruise ship?

Among the 25 cruise ships in Royal Caribbean's fleet, there are different ships of various sizes you can book. Big or small, there are advantages and drawbacks to each.

Here are some important considerations when comparing big Royal Caribbean ships to smaller ones.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: July 18, 2021

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18 Jul 2021

Happy Sunday! We hope you are having a great weekend! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and catch up on all the Royal Caribbean news from the week!

Royal Caribbean shared which changes to its customer loyalty program will be temporary or permanent.

As cruise ships return to service, the Crown and Anchor Society has had some changes made to adhere to certain social distancing guidelines.

Most of the changes are enhancements or additions, although there are a few benefits that have been temporarily rescinded and fewer that have been permanently removed.

To clarify the situation, Royal Caribbean has outlined which changes are going to be lasting, and which are just here for the time being.

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Video: What's one thing you will never do on a cruise?

Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — What's one thing you will never do on a cruise? — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 414th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Matt shares the best food he's eaten so far on a cruise ship this year.

It may be just three sailings so far, but Matt got to try a few new restaurants and return to some favorites. In this episode, he has a look at which dishes really stood out.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

Royal Caribbean will begin picking volunteers to go on test cruises

Check your email, because invitations to test cruises are coming soon.

Royal Caribbean posted on social media it will begin picking randomly from its list of well over a quarter of a million volunteers to come aboard a test cruise.

"The time is here," Royal Caribbean announced with excitement. "This week we’ll be randomly selecting and extending invites to registered Volunteers to participate in upcoming simulation cruises."

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